Skytech is proud to be the oldest Pilatus Dealer in the world. On our first visit to the factory, buried in the Swiss Alps, it was rapidly evident that any airplane built by these folks would have to utilize very short runways and climb like the proverbial scalded ape. The PC12 carved out a worldwide market niche doing exactly that. And it combined those attributes with a large cabin, long range, a massive cargo door, a flat floor and the ability to carry a lot of fuel and a cabin full of people - at the same time. Coupled with dispatch reliability second to none the PC12 has gone on to become one of the most successful General Aviation airplanes in the world.
We always wondered what Pilatus could possibly build next after setting the bar that high. And now we know: an airplane that does the same things with an even larger cabin, longer range, and more payload while displaying unheard of short field performance. And it retains that flat floor and massive cargo door. Hard to believe.
There is a method to the madness when the offspring of the PC12 is called the PC24. We are getting ready to hear the same broken record that we heard for five years after people saw their first PC12: "Geez, I didn't realize it was that big... .”
So here comes the PC24 - and all the expectations associated with a jet aircraft built with Swiss precision at an airport surrounded by the Alps. This is going to be good.